Keep drones in the air as long as terrorists target U.S.

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  • Updated: May 24, 2013 - 6:20 PM

 

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pumiceMay. 24, 13 6:58 PM

What about having an informed public weigh in on decisions made in our name? What about checks and balances: What about Congress fulfilling its Constitutional role in declaring war and levying taxes to pay for that war? What about the Supreme Court ruling on whether any President should be given perpetual power to act as judge, jury and executioner as well as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces? What about us citizens having input on actions carried out in our name--actions which reflect on our national character?

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fatredneckMay. 25, 13 2:30 AM

For the people on the receiving end of a bomb, it doesn't matter if the aircraft delivering the bomb is a "drone" or a manned aircraft. The absence of vulnerable pilots seems to give our leaders the idea that these bombing campaigns are without negative consequences for the nation. But there is significant collateral damage among innocent bystanders. This giddy spree of consequence-free military campaigning will inevitably be followed by a blockbuster terrorist attack carried out by the friends or relatives of innocent victims of our attacks. Let's stop pushing our luck and sharply limit our bloody and inhumane bombing.

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monkeyplanetMay. 25, 13 7:54 AM

When you bomb innocent people, you get an increase in terrorism directed at the United States, not a decrease. If US media organizations stopped swilling the government's propaganda for two minutes and paused to investigate this activity, they would easily discover how reprehensible and imprecise drone attacks are. But the singular goal of our political culture (politicians and the mainstream media) seems to be to keep the military-industrial complex profitable. With the increase in "blowback" that the drone bombings will certainly entail, it looks like we citizens will continue to pay a large amount of our taxes to the Pentagon for decades to come.

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elind56May. 25, 13 8:54 AM

"President Obama promised more transparency for the drone program..."-----"The president also mentioned the possibility of a secret court..."--------------------------Seems a bit conflicting. Secret court? Brrrrr...

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elind56May. 25, 13 9:14 AM

I fear the U.S. government is cultivating an ever-growing number of permanent enemies out of people who are willing to trade thousands of their own lives for just one of ours as long as that one life they take instills enough terror and fear in us that we do to ourselves what they cannot possibly do to us through military force.

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davehougMay. 25, 1310:09 AM

OK folks, when there is a known bad guy supporting terror, do we: A) ask the host country to send in troops hoping bad guy sticks around and innocents don't get killed. B) send in our troops hoping bad guy sticks around and innocents don't get killed AND our guys don't get killed. C) take out bad guy and whole neighborhood using manned bombers. D) take out the bad guy and one house with drone. Your pick.

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firefight41May. 25, 1310:49 AM

OK folks, when there is a known bad guy supporting terror, do we: A) ask the host country to send in troops hoping bad guy sticks around and innocents don't get killed. B) send in our troops hoping bad guy sticks around and innocents don't get killed AND our guys don't get killed. C) take out bad guy and whole neighborhood using manned bombers. D) take out the bad guy and one house with drone. Your pick. ***************** None of the above. Wait until they make a mistake and arrest them.

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